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Verizon Announces Samsung Stratosphere II – QWERTY Keyboard, 4G LTE, and 1.2GHz Dual-Core Chip

Today, Samsung and Verizon have officially unveiled the Stratosphere II. The device will become available in following weeks, featuring some pretty decent specs for a mid-range smartphone. For $129 on a new two year agreement, the device sports a 4.0″ AMOLED display, full QWERTY keyboard for the texting addicts, Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and access to Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

On top of those goodies, the device is “Global Ready” and supported in over 200 countries across the globe. For the travelers, that’s a major plus.

Thoughts on the mid-range QWERTY device?

Via: Verizon

  • Heather(:

    This phone is pretty great, I have it and I love it(:

  • DC_Guy

    Where the hell is my Note 2 Verizon?!?!???! I want you to focus on shipping out the Note 2 BEFORE 11/27!!! Please and thanks.

  • Jesse Priest

    This thing should launch free on a two year contract

  • CodeToJoy

    No interest in this, but I gotta ask why on earth is a new phone being released with ICS? Jelly Bean has been out for months!

    • Not trying to advocate Samsung, but they probably started to develop this phone before JB was released.

  • What’s with all the haters? I think so many people are missing the point of this phone. Would I buy it? No. But would I consider it for someone who is looking to step up from a basic phone? I don’t see why not. Seems better than most other entry-level smartphones. I want to see one of the DL guys do a review on this.

  • So, how much for us that are keeping unlimited? If this thing has SVDO I might get it. The original Strat was only $410 full retail so I am hoping this one is equally as cheap.

    • michael arazan

      Verizon has to make its end, so add on $2-300 mark up on top of that, so probably 600

  • Tom Z

    Does anyone actually use the physical keyboard? I had the original Droid and I think I used it a couple times, just to try it out.

    • Yes, we do.

    • I use the keyboard all the time. My thumbs are not meant to text on screens like everyone does now…I love the keyboard, and love the phone!

  • Paul

    What makes this better than the Marauder, which is free? The Razr M even costs less and is a better phone spec wise. I don’t see the keyboard costing that much to manufacture.

    • Zach Armstrong

      Both are junk.The Razr M is a much better choice.

  • bananatroll

    junk junk junk!!!

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  • wakefinance

    at least they are using the same buttons as google does for stock android, just in capacitive form

  • Jeff

    Who designed this? Slapping a keyboard on the S3 would have looked better.

    • Captain_Doug

      And so f-ing big.

      • idk, the gs3 is so thin, a kb wouldn’t add a ton of bulk. i’m not sure how much, if any, width & height they’d need to add, but even still, it’s quite a bit smaller than the note, which i hear is selling pretty well already

        • Captain_Doug

          GS 3 is pretty wide for a phone, really it’s the largest non phablet phone out there. Making the phone .45″ thick(which is thinner than the LG Mach which was the thinnest keyboard phone i found) and if the phone was that thick and as wide as it is, I think it’d be huge.

          • Josh

            The S3 is a phablet to me. Making it thicker isn’t go do much.

            I never understood the whole thin hype. I would have preferred a thin bezel hype instead.

          • michael arazan

            Need the Galaxy Note 2 slider

          • RoninX

            I’d definitely go for that. Yes, it would be big. I’m fine with that.

          • athom07

            The S3 isn’t a phablet. Its literally the exact same size as the Galaxy Nexus. But this phone is ugly

          • Captain_Doug

            I’m fine with the thin but I agree, less bezel would be cooler.

    • that’s all we wanted, samsung!

  • redbar0n11

    And the OS melts down to a steaming pile of $H!T in 3… 2… 1… **PFFFT!**

  • skyskioc

    No thanks

  • Can you do a comparison between this and the DROID 4?

    • Is the D4 global? I thought global was supposed to be turned on later. Was it ever?

      • Matthew Merrick

        IIRC, yes, it was

  • Jonathan Sullivan

    Any initial comparisions between this and the d4?

    • JetBlue

      Both won’t get Jelly bean.

    • hah my sentiments exactly

    • WalCs

      From the initial look of things, this one will probably get better battery life due to the qualcomm S4 chip, and it has NFC.

    • RoninX

      The D4 has a much better keyboard than the original Stratosphere, and the S2 keyboard doesn’t look like it’s changed much. On the other hand, the Stratosphere has a better screen than the D4.

      In both cases, it’s worth going to the store, trying out the keyboards, and looking at the screens to decide for yourself which is more important.

  • Spider210

    like the first one wasn’t bad enough

    • Zach Armstrong

      They need to stop releasing low budget handsets like this it gives Android a bad name.

      • Spider210

        ditto…all these people want is free. free. free. and well then when they come into the stores bitching about their phones… this is why

        • Zach Armstrong

          I know someone that has a low budget Samsung phone on Sprint and they complain about it all the time. They say Android sucks the Iphone is so much better.